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Could it be replaced with an LED? I was thinking of upgrading my hi beam with H7 Leds also
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Don't think you can replace the Xenon burner with a LED of any kind short of a butcher job on a $2000 headlight assembly.
 

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Cannot even begin to imagine why anyone would want to do that....
 
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Looks like I will be fortunate enough to get my low beam adaptable headlight changed out/ replaced at the 2021 TTD on my 2016 GTLE. It has almost 50,000 miles on it. I have done the LED headlight conversion (5000K) and have Darla’s and Erica’s. Do not like the color of the OEM low beam adaptable headlight (D1S) and would like to go closer to a 5000K. This is the product recommended by Gunnert & is 4300K: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00CAV7T5...olid=357T6QJ6EE1T0&psc=1&ref_=lv_ov_lig_dp_it

Would like to know if these Phillips products would work:

1. 5000K- Amazon.com: Philips WhiteVision Xenon Headlight Bulb D1S Gen2, Single Blister Pack 85415WHV2C1: Automotive

2. 4600K- https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00G272PP...olid=357T6QJ6EE1T0&psc=1&ref_=lv_ov_lig_dp_it

3. 4800K- https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01MDPEZL...olid=357T6QJ6EE1T0&psc=1&ref_=lv_ov_lig_dp_it

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I picked up my Sylvania bulb at Auto Zone but that was almost 4 years ago.
 

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Looks like I will be fortunate enough to get my low beam adaptable headlight changed out/ replaced at the 2021 TTD on my 2016 GTLE. It has almost 50,000 miles on it. I have done the LED headlight conversion (5000K) and have Darla’s and Erica’s. Do not like the color of the OEM low beam adaptable headlight (D1S) and would like to go closer to a 5000K. This is the product recommended by Gunnert & is 4300K: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00CAV7T5...olid=357T6QJ6EE1T0&psc=1&ref_=lv_ov_lig_dp_it

Would like to know if these Phillips products would work:

1. 5000K- Amazon.com: Philips WhiteVision Xenon Headlight Bulb D1S Gen2, Single Blister Pack 85415WHV2C1: Automotive

2. 4600K- https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00G272PP...olid=357T6QJ6EE1T0&psc=1&ref_=lv_ov_lig_dp_it

3. 4800K- https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01MDPEZL...olid=357T6QJ6EE1T0&psc=1&ref_=lv_ov_lig_dp_it

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Doc :unsure: :unsure:
I am carious as well. I hate the fact that the Head light doesn't match the fog lights. It makes me nuts.
 

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I was in CO when mine blew summer before last. Without a garage or the patience to replace it in a hotel parking lot, the local BMW dealer took $500 of my hard earned cash and tore the whole fairing apart to do the job I am told.
 

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This approach to changing out the center bulb does work but, DO NOT ATTEMPT IF YOU HAVE BIG HANDS.

Decided not to wait until the 2021 TTD to change out my Low Beam/ Center Bulb. Yes, the bulb on my 2016 GTLE was working. Decided to go with a 5,000K Bulb (Amazon.com: Philips WhiteVision Xenon Headlight Bulb D1S Gen2, Single Blister Pack 85415WHV2C1: Automotive ) instead of the 4,000-4,300K that is OEM. This bulb is a bit brighter, matches the OEM auxiliary lights & my Darla’s and Erica’s.

Followed instructions from multiple posts and everything was OK until, the clip came off and I could not get it back on the light assembly. After disassembling almost the entire area and many many hours later I got the bulb installed. The whole process would have been incredibly easier if I did not have such big hands.

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So is that your new forum name? :rolleyes:
 

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Hi All
Just wanted to express my thanks to all concerned for the advice on changing the low beam xenon bulb on my 1600.
With, lets say medium size hands, it was a moderate PITA . Removing the handlebars technique and a fine sense of blind touch won the day though.......Well I hope the spring clip is fully engaged!!.
Saved about £300 on BMWs asking price for this job.

Thanks to all on the forum and for the other snippets of info and advice keeping our machines on the road.
 

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Arizona Jim - you come out to Colorado I owe you a beer and I will point you to a few roads that might give you a smile or two (before the beer). Took 30 minutes from start to finish, I spent more time reading the forum than it took to replace the bulb.

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Mike
 

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Arizona Jim - you come out to Colorado I owe you a beer and I will point you to a few roads that might give you a smile or two (before the beer). Took 30 minutes from start to finish, I spent more time reading the forum than it took to replace the bulb.

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I’ll be through the Western edge next weekend on my way to Great Falls. Spending Thursday night in Fruita.
I’m glad the thread helped you.
 

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I’ll be through the Western edge next weekend on my way to Great Falls. Spending Thursday night in Fruita.
I’m glad the thread helped you.
Check Hwy 50 if you go from Montrose to Blue mesa reservoir to take 92 they are closing Hwy 50 during the day and at night, 92 is a great ride but could take you hours to get there. I'm in the Denver area and can't get away to get over there, ride safe and fire season is in full swing over there so be ready for road closers. Check cotrip.org for construction and closures but I bet you already knew that.
 

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Mike,
I’ll be coming up through Utah then over to Fruita on I-70. From there North to Dubois, WY.

Thanks for the info as I haven’t made my return trip plans.
Jim
 

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My low beam Xenon headlight bulb burned out at around 82.000 miles. Tonight I changed it out with a new one. It took about 15 minutes to remove it and another 20 to install it. Here is the procedure I used.


The bulb is a Xenon D1S 35W which can be purchased on Amazon and other places. I chose to get one tonight at AutoZone. It was a Sylvania and cost $100.





First I removed the BMW roundel from the steering stem.





Then with a 1 1/16" or 27mm 6 point socket I removed the steering stem nut and washer.





I pulled the handle bar unit clear of the serrated stem and set it off to the right side of the padded tank.





I was now able to reach down and remove the large diameter dust cap from behind the light bulb. Pay attention to the orientation of the cap (open and close to the top) because there are some locking fingers along the edge that must engage a corresponding serration on the housing when put back into place.








Reach down and pull the plug at the end of the silver braided wire loose from the bulbs square base. Now the tricky part, fiddle with the wire bail were it goes underneath the square base until it comes free. Swing it up and the bulb will come loose and you can remove it from the bike. This picture shows the wire bail after the bulb is removed so you can see how the bail locks into the housing.





Insert the new bulb CAREFULLY so that you don't damage it or touch the glass tube with your fingers. Once the bulb is in position snap the bail into place again by fiddling with your fingers. Then plug the silver wire back into the square bulb base also by feel. This is the phase that added more time than it took to remove the old bulb.





Install the dust cap back (correctly) and put the handlebar unit back in place making sure it lines up with your front wheel. Add some blue Loctite to the nut and torque it down. I couldn't find the torque spec but I got mine pretty tight with a breaker bar. Reinstall your BMW roundel. Turn on your bike and start it up to make sure the bulb works. Put your tools away and go have that beer because you just saved at least an hours labor cost at your dealer.
Thanks for the tip. I ordered mine through Amazon as well for $100 as the BMW Dealerships wanted $500.CDN for it. Really BMW?😐 I replaced it by removing the handlebars as you suggested and it was very easy. Thanks for the tip. Here's a video I found on YouTube on how "NOT" to replace the low-beam bulb:
 
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